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Construction Software: Pros and Cons for Small Builders

Jason Hook

Head of Sales and Marketing

Jul 24, 2017 9:23:32 AM

Construction software brings a wealth of benefits to builders. However, like anything it has its drawbacks, inhibiting some small businesses with limited budgets. Below, we examine the pros and cons of adopting construction software within your business.

  

The Pros of Construction Software for Small Builders

1. Information Sharing Capabilities

With the right software, you can systemise company documents, photos, transmittals, submittals, letters and more. Project management software can make the overwhelming components and responsibilities of a construction project less daunting for managers and workers. 

Project management software allows for all documents to be safely stored and important information to be accessed immediately. Anyone with relevant access permissions can view, update, and upload documents, and users can check project status, communicate with other workers, and ensure everyone is on the same page.

By using software to streamline your documentation processes, projects can be completed faster and with less room for miscommunication.

2. Increase in Quality and Growth

An effective management system expands a business’ capacity to take on more projects. If you are knocking back work or biting off more than you can chew, technology will be an invaluable investment. Taking on too many projects can cause the quality of your services to suffer.

 

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Software reduces delays, mitigates risks, minimises expenditure, and empowers employees to work to their full potential while avoiding costly mistakes. 

3. Accurate Estimates and Budgets

Construction estimating software allows you to make more accurate, informed and strategic business decisions, and also lowers operational costs.

Cost management is an essential component of a project, and should be monitored regularly. Tools that create budget reports keeps project managers aware of financial constraints, and encourages cost-effective practices throughout the duration of the project.

  

The Cons of Construction Software for Small Builders

1. High Upfront Costs

Some technologies can be financially unattainable for small businesses. While the investment is almost always worth the benefits, it can also be costly, ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. The best way to ensure you turn a profit is to spend time researching which construction software is best for your business.

2. Implementation of New Software

Further to high upfront costs, your business will also need to allow some time to train staff and implement the new software into your current practices. It can take time to adjust, as some of your employees may not be technologically proficient. Ensure your software provider offers technical support and training to ensure a smooth transition.

3. Ongoing Updates and Training

Good technology providers regularly update their software to meet changing industry needs and take advantage of new innovations. While some can be updated or upgraded over time, others will become obsolete. When you invest in established and trusted construction management software like Cubit, you can be confident knowing that the product has a dedicated team working on ongoing improvements well into the future.

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